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World War I - U.S. Army

Alvin Cullium York

  • Rank: Corporal (Highest Rank: Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 2d Battalion,
    328th Infantry 82d Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 8, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Chatel-Chehery, France
After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties and three other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Cpl. York assumed command. Fearlessly leading seven men, he charged with great daring a machine-gun nest which was pouring deadly and incessant fire upon his platoon. In his heroic feat the machine-gun nest was taken, together with four officers and 128 men and several guns.
Medal of Honor Recipient Alvin C. York
Medal of Honor Recipient Alvin C. York
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pall Mall, Fentress County, Tennessee
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: France, presented by Maj. Gen. Duncan, commanding general 82nd Division
  • Born: December 13, 1887, Fentress County, TN, United States
  • Died: September 2, 1964, Nashville, TN, United States
  • Buried: Wolf River Cemetery (MH), Pall Mall, TN, United States
  • Location of Medal: Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

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